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Occupy Central: The Migrant Workers in Democracy’s Blind Spot

July 2, 2014 · Online Articles

Hong Kongers have never been quite comfortable discussing the 300,000 migrant domestic workers, most of whom are female, to which the city currently plays host. Complicating the discussion further is the media’s tendency to steer such discussions from issues of fair wages and workplace safety toward the still more vexing question of citizenship. {…}

By Elaine Yu
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May Fourth Movements

May 4, 2014 · Online Articles

Ninety-five years ago today, Beijing students gathered in front of Tiananmen, the Gate of Heavenly Peace, and launched a mass movement against corruption and foreign bullying. Seventy years later, in 1989, student protesters would gather at the same spot to claim the May Fourth mantle—only to be brutally repressed. {…}

By Jeffrey Wasserstrom
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Taiwan’s Sunflower Protests: A Q&A with Shelley Rigger

April 11, 2014 · Online Articles

Yesterday, students ended a three-week occupation of Taiwan’s legislature. To help explain the causes and meaning of the protests, and place them in historical perspective, Jeffrey Wasserstrom speaks with Shelley Rigger, a political scientist, Taiwan expert, and author of Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse. {…}

By Jeffrey Wasserstrom
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Trials and Errors: A Roundtable on Law, Reform, and Repression in China

February 20, 2014 · Online Articles

Early in 2013, as Xi Jinping prepared to take over leadership of China, some high-profile Western analysts were cautiously optimistic about where the country was heading. But far from bringing a longed-for “easing” of controls on expression and civil society activities, the Year of the Snake often saw the ratcheting up of mechanisms of control and intimidation. As we move into the Year of the Horse, Jeffrey Wasserstrom brings together four legal experts to discuss. {…}

By Jeffrey Wasserstrom
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The End of China’s One-Child Policy? An Interview with Mei Fong

December 11, 2013 · Online Articles

What exactly did the recent Third Plenum reveal about Xi Jinping’s strategy for dealing with the big issues facing China in the nine years left in his time heading the Chinese Communist Party? Initially, the consensus seemed to be that … {…}

By Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Chinese Censorship: More Complicated Than You Think

September 13, 2013 · Blog

One Chinese subject that even those Dissent readers with no special interest in China know a good deal about is Beijing’s obsession with controlling information. Given the news coverage of the topic they’ve encountered over the years, few were likely to have been … {…}

By Jeffrey Wasserstrom
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Looking Back at the June 4 Massacre, Twenty-Four Years on

June 3, 2013 · Blog

Many supporters of the Tiananmen movement hoped that the regime would reassess the protests of 1989. A similar set of 1976 demonstrations were initially dubbed “counterrevolutionary riots” but then reassessed as a “patriotic” struggle. But the situation relating to the June 4 Massacre is very different. {…}

By Jeffrey Wasserstrom
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The Pollution Crisis and Environmental Activism in China: A Q&A with Ralph Litzinger

May 15, 2013 · Online Articles

The last year has seen a dramatic uptick in press coverage of Chinese environmental issues. There have also been a number of books published on the subject, with more due out soon. So this seemed a good moment to get in touch with Ralph Litzinger, an anthropologist based at Duke University. {…}

By Jeffrey Wasserstrom
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China’s Youth: Do They Dare to Care about Politics?

Young people in China are divorced from their country’s recent history. With no memory of Mao Zedong, they can glean little from a censored environment. Their parents, by and large, don’t talk about their experiences {…}

By Alec Ash
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Chinese Workers Foxconned

Delivering flexibility and scale at rock-bottom prices, Foxconn keeps pounding out the very real underpinnings of the New Economy, remaking global manufacturing in its own image. Foxconn stands as the archetypal industrial firm for today’s planet of slums. {…}

By Ross Perlin
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